2017 Film Adaptations of Books We're Excited For

It's always exciting when a favourite book is adapted for the big screen, and there are plenty of film adaptations coming out in 2017. Here are some of the major ones you can look forward to that we are really, really excited for.


1. A Dog's Purpose

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W. Bruce Cameron | January 2017

The delightful, emotional and hilarious book by W. Bruce Cameron features a dog's quest to find meaning in his existence across several fun-filled lives whilst observing the human world. The film will feature Josh Gad as the title character.


2. Fifty Shades Darker

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E. L. James | February 2017

The second volume in the bestselling Fifty Shades erotic romance trilogy of books follows Ana and Christian as they reconcile their relationship and endure a series of shocking episodes, including the interference of a bitter ex-submissive with a gun, and an eventful birthday party. The film will once again star Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.


3. Before I Fall

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Lauren Oliver | April 2017

When teenager Sam is killed in a car accident on a rainy Friday, she wakes up to find that she can relive that day over and over again for one inexplicable week. Can she unravel the mysteries surrounding her death in time, and truly discover the best way to live her last day? Zoey Deutch will play the protagonist in the film adaptation of this thought-provoking book.


4. My Friend Dahmer

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Derf Backderf | 2017

In this unique graphic novel, award-winning political cartoonist Derf Backderf tries to sympathetically make sense of Jeffery Dahmer, the future serial killer with whom he shared classrooms, hallways, libraries and car rides, a shy child who would be drawn into madness as he grew. The film will feature Ross Lynch as the young serial-killer-to-be. 

5. Wonder

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R. J. Palacio | April 2017

At the heart of this amusing and poignant book is ten-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement. He has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty, but does so with a resilient and courageous attitude that inspires those around him. The film will star Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as August's parents, and Jacob Tremblay as the boy himself.


6. Captain Underpants

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Dav Pilkey | June 201

Join Captain Underpants, the headteacher hypnotised by two young pranksters into a comic book hero, as he tackles terrible toilets, evil aliens and heaps more horrible villains! This animated film will star Kevin Hart as the voice of young prankster George Beard, and Ed Helms as the headmaster, Mr. Krupp, a.k.a. Captain Underpants.

7. The Dark Tower

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Stephen King | July 2017

The Dark Tower is an enthralling and thought-provoking series of books about a 'gunslinger' who goes on a quest towards a mysterious tower, said to be at the nexus of all universes. The film will star Idris Elba as the weary and detached 'gunslinger' Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as his foe, the Man in Black.


8. Jumanji

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Chris Van Allsburg | July 2017

In the brand new Jumanji film, four teenagers are sucked into the exciting but perilous board game - and have no idea what they're about to face. What follows is an adventure involving rhinos, black mambas and an endless assortment of jungle traps! The film will star Karen Gillen, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, whose characters - transformed into the unusual figures in the game - must try to make it out alive.


9. It

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Stephen King | September 2017

Derry is a good place to live. Well, for adults, it is. But the children of the Losers Club know better. They must take on the gruesome IT: a monster that takes the shape of an evil clown named Pennywise. The film adaptation of this gripping, gory tale will star Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame and Bill Skarsgard as the malevolent Pennywise.


10. Red Sparrow

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Jason Matthews | November 2017

Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is drafted against her will to become a 'Sparrow' trained seductress, and assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer. As the two collide in an electric environment of deception and duplicity, they find themselves entangled in an inescapable attraction that will threaten their careers and so much more. Jennifer Lawrence will star as the seductive spy in this 2017 crime thriller.


11. Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Adventure, Danger and Survival

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Yossi Ghinsberg | 2017

Four travellers meet in Bolivia and set off into the rich depths of the Amazon rainforest to find a hidden tribe and explore new territory - but this exciting adventure soon turns into a perilous nightmare. When the group splits and Yossi is separated from his partner by a horrific rafting accident, he must try to survive for weeks in the wildest of environments, alone. Can he make it out alive - and if he does, will he be the same? This enthralling true story will star Daniel Radcliffe in the film adaptation.


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    To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing ...The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
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    In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, THE GUNSLINGER leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.And the Tower is closer...
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    They say 'live every day as if it's your last' - but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...?
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    Zoom into action and join our hero for a triple wedge of chunky action, freaky horror and crispy laffs! There are terrible toilets to defeat, evil aliens to send packing, and heaps of other totally horrible villains too. But will Captain Underpants have the wedgie-power to tackle them all?
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    This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
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    My Friend Dahmer is the hauntingly original graphic novel by Derf Backderf, the award winning political cartoonist. In these pages, Backderf tries to make sense of Jeffery Dahmer, the future serial killer with whom he shared classrooms, hallways, libraries and car rides. What emerges is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young man struggling helplessly against the urges, some ghastly, bubbling up from the deep recesses of his psyche. The Dahmer recounted here, although universally regarded as an inhumane monster, is a lonely oddball who, in reality, is all too human. A shy kid sucked inexorably into madness while the adults in his life fail him. The crimes Dahmer committed are incredibly depraved, infamous and unforgettable, but in My Friend Dahmer Backderf provides profound (and at times, even strangely comic) insight into how, and more important, why Jeffery Dahmer transformed from a high school nerd into the most depraved serial killer since Jack the Ripper, coming as close as anyone yet has to explaining the seemingly unexplainable phenomenon of Jeffery Dahmer.
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    A poignant book that made all of us laugh and cry in equal measure, R.J. Palacio's Wonder is told using different voices but at its centre is the honest and courageous character of 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement.

    August is about to start middle school after being home-schooled by his mum for years. The challenge is a tough one for someone like August and he has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty in his journey. But August's resilience, humour and bravery really shine through, making this an uplifting novel that will linger in the reader's thoughts for a long time to come.
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    Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the "Fifty Shades" trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever ...Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible. But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own...
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    The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizzare adventure of their lives.
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    A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?